IS EVERYTHING hunky-dory in the Carina Lau-Tony Leung Chiu-Wai household?
The Hong Kong media are speculating on whether the 43-year-old actress is cheating on her husband after the paparazzi took pictures of her "behaving intimately" with another man.
According to Hong Kong reports, while her actor-husband Tony, 47, was away, Carina "took the opportunity to throw a house party" in their apartment.
One of her guests was a man who was described as "having a big nose and bearing a resemblance to gongfu star Jackie Chan".
Carina, who was glamorously dressed, was said to be "in very high spirits and downed several glasses of what appeared to be alcohol".
She and her male guest apparently spent a lot of time alone chatting in the kitchen.
As their conversation got more enthusiastic, their "body language became more intimate".
However, no lines were crossed, the Hong Kong media added, because "Carina was evidently still rather clear-headed".
It seems tenuous to use this incident, where nothing actually happened, to speculate on Carina's fidelity to Tony, but that's the Hong Kong paparazzi for you. It has taken them slightly more than a year since the couple's lavish $6 million wedding in Bhutan last July to come up with this "scandal".
Not content with that, they went on to rake up Carina's reputation as a heavy drinker and party animal.
The Hong Kong media pointed out that it was commonfor her to "drink till she is drunk".
In Hong Kong, Carina is said to frequently hang out with her entertainment industry buddies in clubs till the wee hours.
When she is in Taiwan, she would look for friends such as model-socialite Sun Yun-yun and director-actor Niu Cheng-ze, and when in mainland China, her regular drinking buddies include singers Faye Wong, Na Ying and actor Hu Jun.
Carina once told the Hong Kong media that after her marriage to Tony, she would "quit her bad habits and not visit nightspots any more".
But it seems likely that she has "moved her love for the nightlife right into her own home", the Hong Kong media speculated.
At press time, neither Carina and Tony has spoken to the media with regards to the scandal. And frankly, who can blame them?
This article was first published in The New Paper.